Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: C onnahs Quay
Name / Enw: Wolverson, Edwin (Edward)
Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 13th Battalion.
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Corporal 17392
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Dozinghem Military Cemetery
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: II. D. 1.
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Belgium
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War & Victory Medals and 15 Star
Date of Death: 1st August 1917
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
1st August 1917, Died of wounds aged 25.
Edwin Wolverson seems to have also been known as Edward.
He first appears in a census in 1901. He was living with his family at 8 Cross Street Bilston, Staffordshire. The family comprised of head John Henry Wolverston an Ironworker Puddler aged 38. His wife was Susannah 38. Their children were Walter 16 an Ironworker Piler, John H 14, Samuel 12, Peter 10, Edward 8, Naomi 6, Clara 2 and Elsie 9 days. There was a servant – Sarah Arnold.
Ten years later in 1911 the family was still living at 8 Cross Street Bilston. John Henry and Susannah were still there with 4 of their children and a niece but Edward was not there. (The census form tells us they had been married for 26 years. Susannah had given birth to 9 children, 8 of whom had survived).
In fact in 1911 the census reveals that Edward was visiting an Arnold Walter Wolverson 26 born in Bilston and his wife Miraim in their home in 21 Nelson Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Also there listed as a boarder was John Henry Wolverson 24. All of the men in this household were Ironworkers. (Question – was Arnold Walter Wolverson, the brother, listed as Walter in the 1901 census?).
UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry .co.uk confirms the regimental details above and adds that he enlisted in Shotton though his residence was recorded as Bradley Staffordshire. It is this source that says he ‘Died of Wounds’.
His medal card tells us that he first entered a Theatre of War on 1st December 1915 and that was in France. His christian name was originally recorded on the card as Edward but had been amended to Edwin as it had been ‘incorrectly recorded’.
In the book “Soldiers Died in the Great War. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Volume 28” his entry reads – 11th Bn. WOLVERSON, Edwin, born Sedgeley, Staffordshire. Enlisted Shotton, Flintshire. Residence Bradley, Staffordshire. 17392 Cpl. died of wounds, France & Flanders 1st August 1917.
There is no index card for him in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Record Office in Hawarden
It looks as as though Edwin (Edward) came to the area with his brother John Henry for work at John Summers & Sons in Shotton at some time after the 1911 census.